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December 2023
Some Recent Releases

Recent Releases

A few words about recent releases / reviews:

Apart from where they are included in articles on this website, I don't have a 'Reviews' section for a number of reasons:


  • I receive so many requests to review recordings it is impossible to include them all.

  • Unlike some publications/blogs, Sandy Brown Jazz is not a funded website and it is not possible to pay reviewers.

  • Reviews tend to be personal opinions, something a reviewer likes might not suit you, or vice versa.

  • It is difficult to capture music in words, so much better to be able to listen and see whether the music interests you.

For these reasons in particular I just include a selection of recent recordings below where I share the notes issued by the musician(s) as an introduction and links to samples so you can 'taste' the music for yourselves. For those who like to read reviews, these, of course, can be checked out on other sites.

Some albums are priced in dollars or other currencies. These are marked ^. There are currency options if you  proceed to order. Recordings are now regularly available on different formats (CD, mp3 downloads, vinyl) or platforms e.g iTunes, Spotify, etc. I am unable to list them all so it is worth checking if you have a favourite platform).

Featured In December 2023


Benet McLean - Green Park
(Self Release) - Released: 24th November 2023

Benet McLean (violin); Duncan Eagles (tenor sax); Liam Dunachie (organ); Rio Kai (bass); Zoe Pascal (drums)

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'Violinist and pianist Benet McLean is one of the most highly regarded contemporary musicians in British jazz. His musical depth and exploration of the boundaries between musical genres make him a unique and constantly evolving artist. Inspired in his teens by the great bebop artists of the 1940s, Benet's playing today reflects his early inspirations while also embracing many other musical influences. Previously known best for his outstanding piano playing, Benet has released several critically acclaimed albums on piano. However in recent years, he has returned to the violin, fast emerging as a dynamic and innovative jazz violinist. His highly anticipated debut solo album on violin, Green Park, is scheduled for release in November 2023. A gifted composer and arranger, live work with his own band focuses on violin-infused high-energy grooves interspersed with lyrical ballads, often augmented with pedals and effects, with exciting performances that showcase the breadth of his innovative violin style. Collaborations have included heading up the string quartet on Partikel’s acclaimed String Theory album and working on string sections with producer Troy Miller on albums by Laura Mvula and Mahalia. ....... Benet has been playing music since the age of 3 years old when he first persuaded his parents to buy him a violin, and he undertook several years of classical training before turning his attentions to jazz. ........Benet also teaches and is a professor of jazz violin at the London Performing Academy of Music (LPMAM).' (album notes)

Jasper Høiby Three Elements - Earthness
(Edition Records) - Released: 24th November 2023

Jasper Høiby (bass); Noah Stoneman (piano); Luca Caruso (drums)

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'Jasper Høiby, a name synonymous with audacity, innovation, and a significant driving force behind the trailblazing Phronesis, is excited to announce his new piano trio "3 Elements” ..... Having made a resounding impression on the international jazz stage with his fêted trio Phronesis, Høiby now forms this fresh ensemble, melding the prodigious talents of Noah Stoneman on piano and Luca Caruso on drums. "3 Elements" offers a compelling, uncompromising, and robust sonic palette reminiscent of the groove-centric Phronesis, whilst being enriched by Høiby’s unmistakably charismatic bass sound. This ensemble not only provides an array of fresh tunes in but also revisits profound tracks like 'Earthness' from Planet B and 'Love Song' from Phronesis, peppered with explosive and abstract improvised interludes. For Høiby, the piano trio format has for long been a vital makeup of his being, "The piano trio is a space where all instruments shine, leading the music's direction. It's a unifying space, acting like one living organism where the energy of three people come together as one." ... As part of the "3 Elements" project, Høiby intends to record with different trio lineups, using this as a foundation for his new working trio. "... I'll announce the subsequent lineups as we progress," Høiby revealed.' (album notes)

Emma Johnson's Gravy Boat - Northern Flame
(Self Release) - Released: 3rd November 2023

Emma Johnson (saxophone & compositions); Fergus Vickers (electric guitar); Richard Jones (piano); Angus Milne (double bass); Steve Hanley (drums)

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'Emma Johnson’s Gravy Boat return this Autumn for the release of their second album Northern Flame, a free-flowing, cinematic jazz record inspired by stories of the strength and resilience of Northern women past and present. Developed from a commission for Lancaster Jazz Festival 2022, Northern Flame ties together tales from the history of Lancashire about lighthouse keeper Janet Raby (in first track Force of Light) and local hospice founder Sister Aine Cox (in track 3, Sister) with wider themes of light and the feeling of home ...... Speaking about Northern Flame Johnson says: “I’m really happy with the process and feeling of the album as a whole. It was an incredible experience to be commissioned for the first time and have time to research and write from different stories and perspectives, and to go on from there to turn those songs into a full length album has been a new and invigorating way of working for me, and I feel like that comes across.” The theme of light ties together all the tracks on the album, from Janet Raby’s lighthouse beam shining in the darkness, to the more figurative idea of the light shared between Sister Aine Cox MBE and hospice patient Anne Charlesworth when all hope was lost, to the light you find left on for you when coming home late. In the current dark times, I think we all need a little more light.” (album notes).

Imogen Ryall - Sings The Charles Mingus / Joni Mitchell Songbook
(Rubicon Jazz Records) - Released: January 2023

Imogen Ryall (vocals); Julian Nicholas (tenor sax, soprano sax); David Beebee (piano); Nigel Thomas (bass); Eric Ford (drums, percussion)

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'Mingus, the album by Joni Mitchell from 1975 is the result of a 45-minute meeting arranged by Mingus's wife between Mitchell, who was drifting towards a style of music jazzier than her previous output and Charles Mingus. Mingus was sadly waiting to die from motor neurons disease. Unable to play, he was bored, and his wife was keen to get him interested in something. Mingus sang the melodies into a tape recorder, chords were added by Sy Johnson, and Joni wrote the lyrics and organised the recording sessions. The band on the album were members of Weather Report. Mingus died before the project was complete. To ensure enough material was ready for the album, Joni added a song of her own, "Wolf". The album was cooly received by admirers of both musicians. The album now has a cult status, especially among younger jazz musicians. Among them, British singer Imogen Ryall considers Mingus the foundation stone and springboard of her career. "A door opener for me" is how Imogen describes the original album. Her album is an affectionate tribute to these two great musicians whose collaboration produced an enigmatic album that challenged the critics and listeners of the day. Imogen's album offers three views of Mingus - "Chair in the Sky" captures him at the end. Wasting away but retaining an unrepentant good humour. "God Must Be a Boogie Man" is Joni having fun with the concept. "Self Portrait in Three Colours", originally a through composed instrumental ballad, to which Imogen adds her own thoughtful and perceptive lyrics.' (album notes)

Simon Spillett Big Band - Dear Tubby H
(mister PC Records) - Released: 11th September 2023

Simon Spillett (musical director and solo tenor sax); Sammy Mayne, Pete Long, Alex Garnett, Simon Allen, Alan Barnes, (saxophones); Nathan Bray, George Hogg, Freddie Gavita, Steve Fishwick (trumpets); Jon Stokes, Mark Nightingale, Ian Bateman, Pete North (trombones); Rob Barron (piano); Alec Dankworth (bass); Pete Cater (drums)

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The idea of this album - and this band - have been in my mind for thirty-odd years, since my late teens when, having begun to delve into the fascinating culture of 'bootleg' radio broadcasts, passed covertly between veteran jazz collectors, I discovered that there was so much more to the Tubby Hayes Big Band than the sixteen arrangements heard on their classic studio-recorded albums 'Tubbs' Tours' (1964) and '100% Proof' (1966). Although it existed sporadically over its thirteen or so year lifespan, Tubby's big band was a working outfit with a pad full of compositions and arrangements used on its live, radio and television performances. Many of these were heard only in person or luckily survive on tape owing to the efforts of enthusiastic home-tapers, including Tubby himself ...... So what to do with it? Over the next few years I occasionally played these charts as a guest soloist with various big bands across the UK, but what I really dreamed of was hearing it played by my own choice of players; a who's who of British jazz who, like Tubby's original band, would comprise a genuine 'jazz orchestra', full to the brim of improvising soloists, many respected bandleaders in their own right. ...and here it is, at last. Formed in 2020 but really coming until its own two years later with sold out gigs at jazz festivals and clubs up and down the country, this is a band of genuine world class ranking, one I'm incredibly proud to present in public and now, finally, on record playing music that I've long felt deserved a more appropriate fate than obscurity....' (Simon Spillett)

Get The Blessing - Pallett
(All Is Yes Records) - Released: 20th October 2023

Jake McMurchie (saxophone); Pete Judge (trumpet); Jim Barr (bass); Clive Deamer (drums)

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'Been a while, eh?! In fact, blessings seem to have been few and far between over the last few years, but we are delighted to be back in your inboxes and in your ears, to announce the release this autumn of our seventh studio album “Pallett”! "Pallett" (the title is, of course, the usual obtuse pun) grew from improvisations between Jake, Pete, and Jim during the lockdowns, which were then sent in a big jiffy bag to Clive, who added his drums at home in Oxfordshire. Our very good friend Adrian Utley hammered in a few final nails, and then the great Tim Allen mixed the results. We hope you enjoy its organic eco-paint mixture of hypnotic long-form minimalism, playful rhythms, and unusual textures. If in some ways it’s a more mature album, you’ll be glad to hear that we definitely still “play like children”, as one of our favourite reviews once put it. And we’d like to invite you too to access your inner child…Since an imaginary colour chart inspired the track titles, we thought you might enjoy colouring in your own copy of the paint-by-numbers album artwork, so limited edition vinyls will be supplied with wax crayons ....... (album notes)

Terence Collie  - 384,400
(Self Release) - Released: 18th December 2023

Terence Collie (piano); Robert Manzin (tenor saxophone); Nick Lenner-Webster (bass); Ted Carrasco (drums)

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In March 2023, Terence Collie said “I felt it was time to record a new album as my last album release was back in 2018. Since the beginning of the pandemic in early 2020, the global crisis ignited a new approach to making music for me online and streaming. I have created a plethora of remote collaborations and also continue to stream and record monthly Mood Indigo Event concerts for my YouTube channel. I felt now would be a good time to do some thing different. A solo album recorded in just one evening session where I would set up, record both audio and video and see what happens. Some new original tunes, a few older ones and a few standards thrown in. The result was the well-received album Reminiscent. Now Terence releases a further album entitled 384,400 (the distance in kilometers to the moon). He says: “I wanted to keep the creative process rolling and compose and record some new material. The recording process would be very similar to that of the previous album, book the room, set up all the mics and recording equipment, record all the material in one session and no more than three takes per track. The only difference this time being four musicians playing and not just one! The result was five original compositions and two jazz standards.’ (album notes).


Aruán Ortiz- Pastor's Paradox
(Clean Feed Records) - Released: 10th October 2023

Aruán Ortiz (piano, voice); Don Byron (clarinet, bass clarinet, voice); Lester St Louis (cello #1,2,4,5,6); Pheeroan AkLaff (drums);  Yves Dhar (cello #3,7); Mute Gant (spoken word #1,4,6).

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' ....... 60 years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his signature “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial. The content, structure and power of King’s words serve as a fundamental inspiration for Pastor’s Paradox, the stirring new album by Cuban-born, Brooklyn-based pianist, composer and conceptualist Aruán Ortiz. Due October 20, 2023 on Clean Feed Records, the album features a stellar lineup of players including clarinetist Don Byron, cellists Lester St. Louis and Yves Dhar,drummer Pheeroan akLaff, and spoken word artist Mtume Gant. Pastor’s Paradox shares many of King’s themes, including racial equality, but also reflects Ortiz’s singular artistry. To write his enthralling suite, Ortiz studied King’s Biblical and world history references, the speech’s construction, and the pacing and vocal dynamics that give King’s words such power and momentum. “’I Have a Dream’ is one of the masterpieces in the history of speeches,” says Ortiz. “I studied that speech from different angles, particularly his use of analogies and how he integrated different aspects of literature into his message. It’s amazing when you analyze its structure.” In addition to studying the structure, analogies and literary references of the “I Have a Dream” speech, Ortiz delved into King’s 1968 speech “The Drum Major Instinct,” delivered five years after the March on Washington and two months before King’s assassination, as his pursuit of racial socio-economic justice became more radical and he spoke out against the Vietnam War ....... (album notes).

Drew Zaremba - Reunion
(Next Level Records) - Released: 10th November 2023

Drew Zaremba (saxophone, organ, composition, arrangements); Andrew Janak, Jared Cathey, Austin Cebulske, Alison Young (saxophones); Jake Boldman, Gabe Mervine, Dawn Kramer, Shawn Williams, Wayne Bergeron (trumpet); Zach Rich, Paul Mckee (trombone) Seth Weaver (trombone, vocals); John Matthews (bass trombone); Steve Kovalcheck (electric guitar); Dana Landry (piano); Erik Applegate (upright and electric bass); Jim White (drum set); Brian Claxton (percussion); Marion Powers (vocals).

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'Drew Zaremba is saxophonist, organist, and rightfully lauded powerhouse of an arranger and composer. Drawing eclectic influence from icons of big band, heroes of classical music, and the luminaries of British Rock, Zaremba combines, concocts, and creates with a refreshing originality in the wildest of never-before-imagined manners. Reunion is an unequivocally celebratory big band debut rich with creativity at every turn. ....... Drew Zaremba is saxophonist, organist, and rightfully lauded powerhouse of an arranger and composer. Drawing eclectic influence from icons of big band, heroes of classical music, and the luminaries of British Rock, Zaremba combines, concocts, and creates with a refreshing originality in the wildest of never-before-imagined manners. Described as a musician who “writes and plays from his heart” and who “knows and speaks the language of music” (Eddie Gomez), Zaremba presents Reunion, an unequivocally celebratory big band debut rich with creativity at every turn, united first and foremost around the deep joy that permeates from every note he pens. ...... (album notes)

Gregory Porter - Christmas Wish
(Blue Note Records) - Released:  3rd November 2023

Gregory Porter (vocals); Tivon Pennicott (soprano sax, tenor sax, flute); Chip Crawford (piano); Ondre Pivec (organ); Gregoire Manel (harmonica); Jahmal Nichols (bass); Emmanuel Harrod (drums, percussion); Stephanie Fisher Alvarenga, Chris Ashley Anthony, Sheherazada Holman (backing vocals);plus orchestra.

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'Gregory Porter, with his customary class, elegance and sophistication, presents his new holiday album ‘Christmas Wish’ – a cool yule selection of festive favourites as well as brand new songs written by the singer himself. Backed by his long-time band, produced by repeat collaborator Troy Miller in New York and London, with orchestral contributions recorded at Abbey Road, and featuring powerhouse guest vocalist, double Grammy-winning sensation Samara Joy, Gregory Porter’s seventh studio album is a loving tribute to his favourite time of year – and to great songwriters, singers and interpreters including Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and Dinah Washington. Across its dozen tracks, ‘Christmas Wish’ encompasses the saintly and the secular, the funky and the fun, the Great American Songbook and the best of Motown. With ‘Christmas Wish’, Gregory Porter has given us a whole new soundtrack to this most wonderful time of year.' (album notes)

John Stein - No Goodbyes
(Whaling City Sound Records) - Released:  2023

John Stein (guitar); Ed Lucie (bass); Mike Connors (drums); Cindy Scott (vocals)

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'Experience illuminates the path to clarity, and nowhere is this more evident than in No Goodbyes by guitarist John Stein. As his 18th recording and 13th for the renowned Whaling City Sound label, Stein, along with his exceptional trio partners Ed Lucie on bass guitar and Mike Connors on drums, showcases a transcendent musical experience. Building upon their previous collaboration on 2021’s Serendipity, the trio creates an enchanting collection of interactive, conversational, and expressive melodies. Adding a new dimension to this captivating journey, the talented vocalist Cindy Scott joins them on five tracks. With her insightful and sophisticated lyrics, Scott breathes life into Stein’s jazz compositions, transforming them into magnificent songs. The music on this album evokes a range of emotions, from powerful and delicate to playful and swinging. Drawing from their diverse musical backgrounds and life experiences, each contributor infuses the core grooves of every composition with depth and authenticity........ (album notes)

Europe and Elsewhere

Peggy Lee Band - A Giving Way
(Songlines Recordings) - Released: 19th June 2023

Peggy Lee (cello); John Bentley (saxophone); Brad Turner (trumpet, flugelhorn, cornet; Jeremy Berkman (trombone); Ron Samworth (electric and acoustic guitars); Tony Wilson (electric guitar); André Lachance (electric bass); Dylan Van Der Schyff (drums)

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'Canadian cellist, improviser, and composer Peggy Lee boasts excellent credentials, having collaborated with spontaneous creatives such as Butch Morris, Wadada Leo Smith, Gordon Grdina, and Barry Guy. As a leader, she gained notoriety with her own octet, currently featuring two electric guitarists and a three-horn frontline. Following an 11-year hiatus, their sixth release, A Giving Way, is likely to attract new converts with eclectic music influenced by jazz, avant-garde, classical, Eastern music, and pop/rock. In a brief span, “It’s Simple” exhibits a poignant melody and folk ascendancy, but the group digs deeper on the polyrhythmic “Internal Structures”, the first standout moment of the album. The electric bass lines of André Lachance is the glue that holds everything together, while Lee’s cello provides textural consistency. The horn players - saxophonist John Bentley, trumpeter Brad Turner, and trombonist Jeremy Berkman - exude a contagious sense of bliss, while guitarists Ron Samworth and Tony Wilson opt for distortion-infested washes. The undercurrents might be disorienting but the uninhibited group, propelled by Lee’s husband, drummer Dylan Van Der Schyff, swings boldly, allowing for a captivating trumpet statement......... (Jazztrail)

Atlantic Road Trip - One
(Calligram Records) - Released: 4th November 2023

Paul Towndrow (alto saxophone, whistles, flute); Chad McCullopugh (trumpet, flugelhorn); Miro Herak (vibraphone); Conor Murray (double bass); Alyn Cosker (drums, bodhrán)

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'One is the debut recording of the trans-continental collective Atlantic Road Trip. Chicago-based trumpeter Chad McCullough first met Slovakian vibraphonist Miro Herak in 2009 at the Banff Center for the Arts, a catalyst for creativity under the direction of trumpeter Dave Douglas. The two became great friends and frequent collaborators, touring throughout Belgium and Holland with numerous projects. Shortly before the pandemic they reached out to Scottish alto saxophonist Paul Towndrow, another longtime associate of Herak’s who is also heard here on traditional whistles and flute. Scottish drummer Alyn Cosker and Irish bassist Conor Murray complete the international ensemble. “We stayed in close contact throughout the pandemic and even remotely recorded a set for the 2021 Glasgow Jazz Festival,” remembers McCullough. The following year, Atlantic Road Trip toured the UK, Netherlands, and Belgium. Returning to Scotland in 2023, they managed to find the time in their busy touring schedule to record One. Collaboration is at the heart of One. “Musical projects and endeavours which are truly and successfully collaborative are hard to come by,” muses Towndrow. “You need to be on the same page as your co-conspirators, and if not, acceptance and compromise should feel as natural a part of the creative process as anything else. With Atlantic Road Trip, I feel that we’ve found that balance.” (album notes)

Sam Knight - Knight Life
(AMP Music and Records) - Released: 17th November 2023

Sam Knight (tenor saxophone); Seamus Blake (tenor saxophone #2); Giuseppe Pucciarelli (guitar); Aldo Capasso (upright bass); Marco Gagliano (drums)

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'Saxophonist and composer Sam Knight presents his debut album, Knight Life, a fusion of instrumental jazz and captivating vocals. A graduate of Guildhall School of Music, Sam collaborates with esteemed European artists such as Maria Rehakova, Giuseppe Pucciarelli, Felix Rabin, Ester Wiesnerova, and Elephant Talk. Through these collaborations, Sam has embarked on international tours spanning the UK, Europe, and most recently, Mexico. His artistic contributions extend beyond playing the sax, encompassing roles in writing, production, and providing guidance on musical arrangements - recently serving as a co- producer for the soft-rock band The Goodbye Look. In addition, he records saxophone and vocals for international artists on a daily basis ..... The album serves as a reflection of a transitional stage in the artist's life. It eloquently captures moments of profound realisation, the acceptance of life's inherent realities, and the awakening of the soul's deepest yearnings. This artistic journey delves into the myriad facets of human existence, from grappling with mortality and lost years to navigating the intricate realms of creativity, depression, and stress. Amidst these themes, the album skilfully weaves a thread of optimism that illuminates a path toward a brighter and more grounded future. It's a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the boundless potential for growth and transformation that resides within us all .... (album notes)

Stacey Kent - Summer Me, Winter Me
(Naive Recordings) - Released: 10th November 2023

Stacey Kent (vocals); Jim Tomlinson (tenor sax, flute, alto flute, clarinet, guitar, percussion, keyboards); Art Hirahara, Graham Harvey (piano); Tom Hubbard, Jeremy Brown (bass); Anthony Pinciotti, Joshua Morrison (drums); Aurielle Chenille (first violin); Claire Chabert (second violin); Fabrice Planchat (viola); Gabriel Planchat (cello)

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“‘Which album is that song on?’ is a question I often get asked after a concert at signings. Since our set lists invariably include a mixture of old and new repertoire, the answer is sometimes, ‘it’s not on any album.’ This album is therefore a collection of those songs. It’s a response to all those people who have said over the years, somewhat disappointed, ‘you haven’t recorded ‘If You Go Away’?’ and so on. “This is also the first time I’ve recorded a song twice on the same album. ‘If You Go Away’ entered my repertoire in 2018 when Jim wrote an orchestral arrangement for a concert in Paris. I was also singing Jacques Brel’s original, ‘Ne me quitte pas’, from time to time. But whatever the language, someone would ask why I hadn’t sung it in the other. Some singers have responded by interpolating both languages into the same version. Since both sets of lyrics are beautiful on their own terms and are equally deserving of inclusion, I chose to record them both. “So, whilst not exactly a requests album, Summer Me, Winter Me is a response to that informal and unscientific sounding, a representative selection of some of these ‘requests’.” - Stacey Kent (album notes).


Wes Montgomery and the Wynton Kelly Trio - Maximum Swing: The Unissued 1965 Half Note Recordings
(Resonance Records) - Released: 1st December 2023

Wes Montgomery (guitar); Wynton Kelly (piano); Jimmy Cobb (drums) and bass for various tracks: Paul Chambers, Ron Carter, Larry Ridley, Herman Wright.

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'Maximum Swing: The Unissued 1965 Half Note Recordings is the first official release of the complete previously unissued recordings from jazz guitar giant Wes Montgomery with the Wynton Kelly Trio at the famed Half Note jazz club in New York City in 1965 with drummer Jimmy Cobb and bassists Paul Chambers, Ron Carter, Herman Wright and Larry Ridley. Including over 2 hours from the original radio broadcasts with host Alan Grant, the deluxe 2-CD set is mastered by Matthew Lutthans and comes with a multi-page booklet containing previously unpublished photos taken at the Half Note by Raymond Ross; plus a new essay from acclaimed journalist and author Bill Milkowski; interviews with jazz legends Herbie Hancock and Ron Carter, who both recorded with Wes; guitar icons Bill Frisell and Mike Stern; plus bassist Marcus Miller, who is Wynton Kelly’s cousin! 2023 marks Wes Montgomery’s Centennial (born March 6, 1923), and this is Resonance’s 7th release of Wes Montgomery recordings in cooperation with the estate. Now Wes Montgomery fans can hear the rest of the music from the Half Note that was only broadcast on the radio nearly 60 years ago.' (album notes).

Bill Evans - Tales : Live In Copenhagen, 1964

(Elemental Music) - Released: 1st December 2023

Bill Evans (piano); Chuck Israels (bass); Larry Bunker (drums) : August 1964. Bille Evans (piano); Eddie Gomez (bass); Artie Morell (drums) : November 1964

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'Tales is a set of never-before-released recordings of jazz piano icon Bill Evans, taped with excellent sound quality in the mid-60s. An official Elemental Music release in collaboration with the Bill Evans Estate, Tales is truly a ’holy grail’ discovery culled from the private collection of Danish jazz musician Ole Matthiessen and being released for the very first time. These 11 tracks are glorious; a gift for all of us to relish these many decades after Bill's physical departure from this earth. Tales is a wonderful document that captures the spirit, essence and beauty of what Evans was all about.' (album notes)

Johnny Griffin - Live At Ronnie Scott's 1964

(Gearbox Records) - Released: 10th November 2023

Johnny Griffin (tenor sax); Stan Tracey (piano); Malcolm Cecil (bass); Jackie Dougan (drums)

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'This never-heard- before recording of the legendary tenor sax “Little Giant" Johnny Griffin playing at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club and backed by members of Ronnie's House Band (Stan Tracey, Malcolm Cecil and Jackie Dougan) sees a AAA vinyl release. The album was mastered at Gearbox Records using an all-analogue signal chain and cut directly from the original tapes, which were recorded at the club by Les Tomkins in 1964. The sleeve features photography by the esteemed Val Wilmer and liner notes by Richard Williams.' (album notes)

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